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>Village Board approves Ambrose as deputy mayor

At the Village of Lancaster's organization meeting Monday, the board approved the nomination of 1st Ward Trustee Gary Ambrose as deputy mayor. He replaces 3rd Ward Trustee Paul Maute in that position.

Most other positions held by board members and village administrators remained the same, except for the appointments involving the village's newest trustee, Edward M. Marki.

Marki, the grandson of retired 2nd Ward Trustee Edward G. Meyer, is assuming the positions his grandfather held. He will chair the village's Building, Lights and Codes Committee.

Ambrose will chair the Human Resources Committee, and Trustee Kenneth O'Brien will chair the Public Works Committee.

The village's April 23 board meeting was moved to April 24.

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>Corporate Challenge to benefit conservancy

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has been named the beneficiary of the 2007 JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge.

The 27th annual 3.5-mile road race is expected to generate $23,500 for the parks organization's coffers to aid its "Keep It Safe, Keep It Fun" program.

The Corporate Challenge, which draws upwards of 10,000 runners and walkers, will be staged at 6:45 p.m. June 7 in Delaware Park.

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>Ice boom removal gets under way today

Despite the recent blast of wintry weather, the Niagara River ice boom will be pulled out starting today. The International Niagara Board of Control said that as of Saturday, the ice pack on Lake Erie had melted to just 240 square miles, triggering the removal process.

If the weather cooperates, the ice blocker should be completely out of the water by Friday.

Last year, the 22-section boom was pulled from across the source of the Niagara River on March 21. The earliest removal was March 5, 1998; the latest came on May 3, 1971.

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>Work due to begin soon on Ridge Road bridge

The moment Lackawanna city officials have been awaiting and motorists have been dreading for 13 years is finally at hand. Work will begin later this month to tear down and rebuild the dilapidated Ridge Road bridge.

The city has awarded a contract for $16,037,213 to Oakgrove Construction of Elma for the project, which will take three years. Traffic on the main link between the lakeshore complex and downtown Lackawanna will be diverted onto local streets.

Design and coordination issues with railroads and utilities in the area complicated the planning for the project.

Mayor Norman L. Polanski Jr. played a key role in final planning stages, negotiating with the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation due to the historic nature of the bridge.

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